BORDESLEY Hall has been sending shivers down spines as it was declared the second most haunted venue in the Great British Ghost Hunt.

The hunt, which took place at 12 of Britain's most haunted locations last December, was organised by ghost hunt specialist Fright Nights to find out which was the most haunted - and Bordesley Hall was chosen after stories of its so-called "White Lady".

Across Britain, 250 brave volunteers took part in the challenge, raising £16,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising money for children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

The most haunted venue was declared the Galleries of Justice, a former courthouse and jail that served the town of Nottingham, but Bordesley Hall had 14 confirmed incidents during the night it was visited.

Martin Jeffery, director of Fright Nights, said: "It was quite unexpected. Bordesley Hall is a conference centre and is not the kind of surroundings you would associate with this kind of activity.

"There were four people who saw a little girl in a white dress, people heard sounds of footsteps even though nothing appeared on the cameras and many of the people felt very uneasy.

"Bordesley Hall has never had a paranormal investigation but it beat some of the most haunted places in Britain.

"It was a real surprise," added Mr Jeffery.

The incidents were investigated and later verified by experienced paranormal investigators and parapsychologists as to whether they could be classed as anomalous or paranormal activity.

Mr Jeffery said that the group had such a good night that they want to come back to do some more research, adding that he was delighted to have also raised so much money for such a worthwhile charity.

For more information on ghost hunts at Bordesley Hall contact Jennie Mould, regional manager of the Make-A-Wish Foundationon, on 644 06.